Keeping children safe online
Firstly, if you get a chance to talk to Professor Stephen Heppell (or hear him speak) – jump at the opportunity. At a really interesting Digital Jersey event in March 2014, Stephen talked about the importance for children of pre-school age to have a smartphone/tablet. However, many parents are concerned about the risks and what they can do to protect their child.
- Firstly, ensure that PCs are in a communal area in the house, as opposed to a bedroom. That way the parent is able to see what the child is doing but more importantly, take an active interest as well – you can’t do that if it’s in abedroom.
- Parents should also talk to their children on a regular basis, highlighting the potential dangers and pitfalls on the web, and keep an eye out for any signs that may suggest that their children are unhappy about something – in particular cyber-bullying. For more information about cyber-bullying, click here.
There are technical settings you can make to computers, to provide an element of protection for your child. The settings vary by which type of operating system is being used. Here are some good tips from Sophos (the security company):
- Microsoft Windows 7
- Microsoft Windows 8
- Apple Mac OS X Mavericks
- Apple iOS (iPad and iPhone)
- Google Android
Are you a Facebook user? Here is good information from Facebook about keeping your account secure and here are some good tips to stay safe on Facebook.